Biographies

Josep Maria Oliveras | Jordi S. Carrera | Vari Caramés | António Júlio Duarte |Manel Armengol | Joan Fontcuberta | Carlos Pérez Siquier | Txema Salvans | Bleda y Rosa | Isabel Muñoz | Ferran Freixa | Manolo Laguillo | Marcel Font | Juan Manuel Castro Prieto | Israel Ariño | Martí Llorens | Rebecca Mutell | Jordi Esteva | Tanit Plana

Josep Maria Oliveras

Josep Maria Oliveras

Salt, 1956.
In 1979 he founded the Taller Fotogràfic Desalt, a cultural space where he coordinated numerous exhibitions and photography projects. He later moved to Mexico and took part, through the CONAFE, in making audio-visual materials as part of the National Literacy Programme. In 1986 he lived in Paris and worked on various projects for the Casterman publishing group and La Sept ARTE TV. He has also worked as an exhibition curator and as a publisher and creator of photography books.

www.jmoliveras.cat

Jordi S. Carrera

Jordi S. Carrera

Girona, 1955.
Self-taught, he began showing his work in the 1980s and immediately stood out for his study of traditional photography techniques and his research in the field of emulsions and photographic supports. He currently works in the digital world with his self-styled “illusionographs”. His works have been published in several books and exhibited in nearly 100 solo and collective exhibitions. He has won several prizes, including the Kodak Panther National Photography Prize.

www.jscarrera.com

Vari Caramés

Vari_Carames

Ferrol, 1953.
His work has been shown at the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea (Santiago de Compostela, 2001), the Centro Português de Fotografia (Porto, 2004), and the Sala Rekalde (Bilbao, 2012), among others. He has won several prizes, among them the 7th Pilar Citoler International Biennial Prize for Contemporary Photography (2013) and the Premio Fotoxornalismo Coruña (2007). His work is in several public and private collections, such as the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea (Santiago de Compostela), the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid), the Institut Valencià d’Art Modern (Valencia), and the Museo da Imagem in Braga, among others.

www.varicarames.com

António Júlio Duarte

António Júlio Duarte

Lisbon, 1965.
He was a contributor to the weekly Expresso between 1989 and 1992 and he won the prestigious Kodak Portugal Prize in 1990, taking part in the European Kodak Award collective exhibition of the Les Rencontres d’Arles photography festival. His work has featured in many photography projects in Portugal, in the festivals of Braga and Coimbra, and for different commissions. His work has been shown in different centres and institutions, such as the Centro Português de Fotografia (Porto), the Tokyo Photographic Center (Japan) and the Museum für Photographie Braunschweig (Germany). It is also in various public and private collections.

www.antoniojulioduarte.pt

Manel Armengol

Manel_Armengol

Badalona, 1949.
He worked as a photojournalist until 1982. His pictures of the police repression at a demonstration in Barcelona were published all over the world and became icons of the Spanish Transition. He has taken part in many exhibitions, like PhotoEspaña (1999 and 2005), the Tagomago gallery (Barcelona, 2011) and the Palau Robert (Barcelona, 2001), among others. His work is in several private and institutional collections, like those of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (Barcelona), the DLK Collection (New York) and the Photographic Archive of Barcelona.

Joan Fontcuberta

Joan_Fontcuberta

Barcelona, 1955.
The cofounder of the journal Photovision in 1980 and the Primavera Fotogràfica de Catalunya (Photographic Spring of Catalonia) in 1982, he was the artistic director of the Rencontres d’Arles in 1996. Among the many awards he has received are the 1998 National Photography Prize, awarded by the Ministry of Culture, the 2013 Hasselblad International Prize and the 2011 National Essay Prize. His work has been exhibited in art institutions and centres around the world, like The Museum of Modern Art (New York, 1988), the Art Institute of Chicago (1990) and the Institut Valencià d’Art Modern (Valencia, 1992), and it is in the collections of the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid), the Museu d’Art Contemporani in Barcelona and the National Gallery of Art (Ottawa), among others.

www.fontcuberta.com

Carlos Pérez Siquier

Carlos_Perez_Siquier

Almeria, 1930.
He was one of the founding members of the photography group AFAL in 1956. Considered one of the pioneers of the photographic avant-garde in Spain, he has received many awards, among them the National Photography Prize, awarded by the Ministry of Culture, and the Gold Medal of Andalusia, both received in 2003; and the PhotoEspaña Bartolomé Ros Prize in 2013. His work is included in collections exhibited in the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid), the Centro Andaluz de la Fotografía (Almeria), the Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria) and the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (Seville), among others.

www.centroperezsiquier.org

Txema Salvans

Txema_Salvans

Barcelona, 1971.
A regular contributor to the most important media outlets, in 1997 he won the FotoPres Prize for two of his works: Historia de Juan Durvan and Vivan los novios. In 2005 his book Nice to Meet You won the PhotoEspaña Prize for the best photography book of the year, and in 2012 his work The Waiting Game won the RM publishing house’s Fotollibre Iberoamericà Competition. His work explores contemporary leisure in the Spanish Mediterranean and has been exhibited all over the world, for instance the outstanding retrospective at the Museum für Photographie Braunschweig (Germany) in 2016.

www.txemasalvans.com

Bleda y Rosa

Bleda_Rosa

(María Bleda and José María Rosa). Castelló, 1969, and Albacete, 1970.
Ever since they met at the Escola d’Art i Superior de Disseny in Valencia, Bleda and Rosa have worked together on the subjects of territory, vestiges and memory. Their work has been exhibited in different arts centres and institutions, including the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (Seville, 2009), the Real Jardín Botánico at PhotoEspaña (Madrid, 2010) and the Bomba Gens Centre d’Art (Valencia, 2017). In 2008 they won the National Photography Prize, awarded by the Ministry of Culture. Their work can be found in collections conserved in the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid), the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, and the Musée d’Art Moderne in Céret, among others.

www.bledayrosa.com

Isabel Muñoz

Isabel_Munoz

Barcelona, 1951.
In the early 1970s she moved to Madrid, where she began working as a press and advertising photographer. Outstanding among her personal work are the series on dance and social reportages, as well as the use of artisanal processes such as the platinotype. Her work has been exhibited all over the world: at the Chrysler Museum of Art (Virginia, 1992), the Dansmuseet (Stockholm, 2002), CaixaForum (Barcelona and Madrid, 2010), and the Institut Valencià d’Art Modern (Valencia, 2011), among other centres. She has also received numerous awards. The 2016 National Photography Prize, awarded by the Ministry of Culture, the World Press Photo in 1999 and 2004, and the Gold Medal of Merit in the Fine Arts in 2009 are some examples.

www.isabelmunoz.es

Ferran Freixa

Ferran_Freixa

Barcelona, 1950.
His work has been exhibited in different countries in Europe and in the USA. Among the most important exhibitions are the one at La Virreina Centre de la Imatge in Barcelona, in 1966, and the retrospective at the Centre d’Art Tecla Sala in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat in 2013. His work is in the permanent collection of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid), the Institut Valencià d’Art Modern (Valencia), the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (Barcelona) and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (Paris), among others.

Manolo Laguillo

Manolo_Laguillo

Madrid, 1953.
Professor of Photography in the University of Barcelona’s Faculty of Fine Arts and an exhibition curator, he has put on more than 40 solo exhibitions, including the one dedicated to him by the MACBA in 2007, Barcelona 1978-1997, and the one in 2013 at the Museo ICO in Madrid: Razón y ciudad. His work features in collections of the Museu d’Art Contemporani in Barcelona, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid), the Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (Móstoles) and the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (Barcelona), among others.

www.manololaguillo.com

Marcel Font

Marcel Font

Girona, 1972.
Influenced by the family of photographers, he studied photography at the IDEP of Manel Úbeda, Lola Montserrat, Enric de Santos and Tino Soriano. Inspired by the portrait and cultural diversity, in 1999 he published Mirem-nos in the Santa Coloma de Farners-based journal Ressò. In 2000 he published Parlem-nos with the Linguistic Normalization Consortium. That same year he opened a studio in Girona producing portraits and social reportage, and he worked on commissions until 2014. In that period he appeared at festivals, like Olladas xóvenes or Mirador photo Garrigàs, and he entered competitions like the Quillat de plata, while he financed some of his own exhibitions in pubs, restaurants and hotels. In 2013 he exhibited in the German city of Krefeld together with Horst Eschment (Berlin), and in 2015 the CRDI purchased 10 images from the Dream Street collection. He now says that he renounces technology, and he works convinced that errors humanize technique.

Juan Manuel Castro Prieto

José Manuel Castro Prieto

Madrid, 1958.
He has received numerous awards, among them the 2015 National Photography Prize, awarded by the Ministry of Culture, the PhotoEspaña 2001 Bartolomé Ros Prize, the 2003 Community of Madrid Photography Prize, and the César Vallejo (Peru, 2003). His work has been exhibited in different countries, with a special mention for the travelling exhibition Martín Chambi-Peru-Castro Prieto in 2011; Ethiopia, at the Fernán Gómez Theatre (Madrid, 2009), and Cespedosa, at Tabacalera (Madrid, 2016).

www.castroprieto.com

Israel Ariño

Israel_Arino

Barcelona, 1974.
From 2001 he set up as a professional in the field of the image, dividing his time between teaching, producing personal work and his job as an editor. His work is regularly exhibited in Spain and especially in France. His most outstanding exhibitions are Le temps éparpillé 1995-2015, at L’Imagerie in Lannion and the Galerie VU (Paris) in 2015; L’explorateur et les caprices du hasard, at the Carré Amelot (La Rochelle) in 2012, and Atles i altres cartografies, at the Tagomago Gallery (Barcelona) in 2013. He has been invited to artists’ residences on numerous occasions.

www.israelarino.com

Martí Llorens

Marti_Llorens

Foto: Joan Ribó

Barcelona, 1962.
Graduated in Fine Arts in the field of Image by the University of Barcelona, UB (1987) and Master in Theory and History of Architecture by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, UPC (2016). Since 1988, he has worked as a photographer specialized in the documentation of architecture, engineering and urban planning projects.
His personal work about time and territory has been developed in projects such as Nanterre-La Defense (1992), in Paris, Berlin-Potsdamer Platz (1994) in Berlin and Poblenou (1987-1989), Port of Barcelona (1989), Frente Marítimo (2004) and Estrato (2013) in Barcelona. Other projects about memory and history, between reality and imaginary, have been reflected in works such as Revolutionary Memories (1996), Aeronautical Memories (1998), and Canard Déchaîné (2004).
He was one of the founders of the cultural association AtelieRetaguardia. Heliografía Contemporánea (2007-2012), a group dedicated to artistic research and practice using historical photographic procedures. In 2015, he co-directed the first stage of the project relating to the Daguerre-Giroux photographic equipment with which the first photograph was taken in Spain the 10th of November 1839. He is also co-founder of the cultural association Factoría Heliográfica (2017).
His works can be found in the photographic collection of the MNAC in Barcelona, in the University of Navarra Museum, in the Teruel Museum, in the INAH National Photo Library in Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico, and in various private collections. He has received several scholarships and the second prize from the European Photography Award held in Berlin in 1991

/www.martillorens.com

Rebecca Mutell

Rebecca Mutell

Aranda de Duero, Burgos, 1980.
PhD in Fine Arts by the University of Barcelona and graduated in Fine Arts, Image specialty by the same university. Extraordinary PhD Award 2014-2015 from the University of Barcelona for the thesis "Catching the light. Origin and materiality of photography".
She is a member of GREDITS, Research Group on Design and Social Transformation, of Bau, University Design Center of Barcelona, where she also works as coordinator of the Culture Area and teacher in the Art Area.
She began her photography studies at the Huesca School of Art where she obtained the degree of Technician in Plastic Arts with Artistic Photography in 2002. In 2001 she won the Antonio Saura scholarship from the Diputación General de Huesca for the ArquitecturArchitekturArchitecture project.
She is one of the founders of the cultural association AtelieRetaguardia. Heliografía Contemporánea en Barcelona (2007-2012), a working group dedicated to the research and artistic practice of photography.
Her personal work has been exhibited in several galleries in Barcelona and France. Since 2013 she coordinates Factoría Heliográfica, from where she plans different services related to the photographic and audiovisual media of Barcelona.

Jordi Esteva

Jordi_Esteva

Barcelona 1951.
Writer and photographer, he is passionate about Eastern and African cultures to which he dedicates most of his literary and photographic work. He lived for five years in Egypt working at Radio Cairo International. He was editor-in-chief and art director of Ajoblanco magazine between 1987 and the summer of 1993. He has done photographic works on the Medina of Marrakech, and about the architecture of the Moroccan Atlas. He has published several books such as "Mil y una voces" (El País / Aguilar 1998, Círculo de Lectores 1999), "Viaje al país de las almas" (Pre-Textos 1999), "Los árabes del mar" (Península / Altair, 2006). "Els àrabs del mar" (Brau Edicions) y "Socotra, la isla de los genios" (2011). He has directed the documentaries "Retorno al país de las almas", "Komian" y "Socotra, la isla de los genios" that have been screened and awarded at various festivals.

www.jordiesteva.com/

Tanit Plana

Tanit_Plana

Pessarrodona (Barcelona), 1975.
She has a degree in Audiovisual Communication by the Pompeu Fabra University.
Her research and artistic production projects have received several grants and awards.
The project PARA SIEMPRE, around the expiration of love and the idea of the bride, was produced and exhibited by the Obra Social "la Caixa" in Palma de Mallorca, Lleida and Tarragona the 2010-11 season.
The projects that approach the infrastructures of internet: INFRARROJO CERCANO, ESCALA Y FRAGMENTO and THE WOODS OF CODE were exhibited in the retrospective ES LO QUE SE curated by Moritz Neumuller in the Sala Canal de Isabel II, produced by the Community of Madrid in the 2018-19 season .
Her relationship with the pedagogy of the image has been a constant in her career. She worked at the "la Caixa" Social Work Arts Laboratory (from 1999 to 2008) and at the Santa Monica Arts Center, among others, as creator of activities related to photography and cinema. She was a professor of photography at Pompeu Fabra University (from 2011 to 2014) and were tutoring photographic projects at IDEP (attached to CEU University) since the 2011-12 academic year.
Her works can be found in the Landscape Museum of Catalonia (Olot), in the National Photography Collection of the Government of Catalonia, in the Archive and Memory Collection of the Girona City Council, in CA2M, Community of Madrid, in FNAC. National Fund for Contemporary Art, Ministry of Culture, France, and in other private collections.